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Latest crew blasts off for International Space Station

Posted July 16, 2012 by

Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station. NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:40 p.m., EDT, July 14. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide are scheduled to dock their…

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Boeing delivers second Intelsat 702MP satellite to Sea Launch home port

Posted August 2, 2012 by

Boeing recently completed shipment of the second of four 702MP satellites for customer Intelsat S.A., paving the way for a third quarter...

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spectrometer detects helium In Moon’s atmosphere

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

Scientists using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project spectrometer aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have made the first spectroscopic observations of the noble gas helium in the tenuous atmosphere surrounding the Moon. These remote-sensing observations complement in situ measurements taken in 1972 by the Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed by Apollo 17. Although designed to…

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NASA orbiter observations point to ‘dry ice’ snowfall on Mars

Posted September 11, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data have given scientists the clearest evidence yet of carbon dioxide snowfalls on Mars. This reveals the only known example of carbon dioxide snow falling anywhere in our solar system. Frozen carbon dioxide, better known as “dry ice,” requires temperatures of about minus 193 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 Celsius), which is…

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NASA’s Swift satellite discovers new black hole in our galaxy

Posted October 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and this is the…

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NASA selects contract for safety, environmental, medical services

Posted November 2, 2012 by

NASA has selected Earth Resources Technology, Inc., of Laurel, Md., to receive a contract for safety, environmental, and medical support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $55 million. This is a firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity hybrid contract that begins Nov. 16. The contract…

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Navy announces first MUOS satellite accepted for initial operational use

Posted November 26, 2012 by

The Navy announced Nov. 21 that U.S. Strategic Command has accepted the first Mobile User Objective System satellite for initial operational use. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. The Naval Satellite Operations Center at Point Mugu, Calif., began “flying” the satellite in June….

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Beating heart of J-2X engine finishes year of successful NASA tests

Posted December 14, 2012 by

J-2X Powerpack Completes Testing NASA Dec. 13 took another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly, an important component of America’s next heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen…

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Unilever buys 22 flights on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ suborbital spacecraft

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Commercial spaceflight is entering the main stream and looking (and smelling) quite good! United Kingdom-based Unilever Group and Space Expedition Corporation announced a 22 flight purchase on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ Mark II suborbital spacecraft for Unilever’s space-themed AXEApolloô campaign for the AXEÆ brand of men’s cologne, body spray, shower gels and other personal care products….

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NASA, ATK complete second in series of key avionics, controls testing for NASA’s SLS booster

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NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program Jan. 30 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a “hot fire” of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control, the new…

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